The Z-meter 6/19/2008

The Z-meter tracks the story arcs of 25 top prospects (or players we just like) on their way to the bigs. It is named after current Washington Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman, who made the transition from anchoring the University of Virginia to starring in MLB in one year.

Promoted:

Evan Longoria, 3B, Durham (AAA) to Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)
Luke Hochevar, RHP, Omaha (AAA) to Kansas City Royals (MLB)

Max Scherzer, RHP, Tucson (AAA) to Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)

Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Jacksonville (AA) to Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)
Jay Bruce, OF, Louisville (AAA) to Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
Homer Bailey, RHP, Louisville (AAA) to Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
Ian Stewart, 3B, Colorado Springs (AAA) to Colorado Rockies (MLB)
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Sacramento (AAA) to Oakland (MLB)
Chase Headley, 3B, Portland (AAA) to San Diego (MLB)

Justin Masterson, RHP, Portland (AA) to Boston (MLB)

Antonio Bastardo, LHP, Clearwater (A) to Reading (AA)

Travis Snider, OF, Dunedin (A-Advanced) to New Hampshire (AA)

Josh Vitters, 3B, Boise (Short A) to Peoria (A)

Chase Headley was so good he just had to go on up to San Diego, where he started 0 for 4, but will no doubt do his duty before it’s all over. In his place is Eulogio De La Cruz, a 24-year-old hurler for the wonderfully-named Albuquerque Isotopes.

Most of our pitchers are in the midsummer doldrums, pitching decently, but without figuring in wins or losses for the most part. Elvis Andrus has been an offensive disappointment for most of the season, but I do feel his speed is worthy of note – he has stolen 24 bases so far this season. Future Pirate Andrew McCutchen is another speed merchant who scores more runs than he drives in. Austin Jackson has proven to be a brilliant addition to this list, as he went on an insane tear, hitting four home runs in as many games.

Let’s see who else is hot this week:


The top level. These prospects are in AAA in the prime of their youth, and ready for the call that will change their lives.

Andrew McCutchen, CF – Indianapolis Indians (Pirates): .286 – 43R – 8HR – 28RBI – 20SB – 31BB – .436 SLG – .804 OPS

Eulogio De La Cruz, RHP – Albuquerque Isotopes (Marlins): 13GS – 8W – 3L – 3.72 ERA – 25BB – 60K

Joe Koshansky, 1B – Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies): .296 – 43R – 15HR – 30BB – 66RBI – 0SB – .601 SLG – .976 OPS

Colby Rasmus, LF – Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals): .247 – 44R – 10HR – 33RBI – 9SB – 40 BB –  .402 SLG – .743 OPS

Nelson Cruz, RF – Oklahoma Redhawks (Rangers): .348 – 60R – 21HR – 57RBI – 15SB – 41BB – .704 SLG – 1.156 OPS


These guys also have the potential to skip straight to the majors, but are more likely to get promoted to the top of this meter first.

Kila Kaaihue, 1B – Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals): .277 – 30R – 15HR – 44RBI – 42BB – 1SB – .548 SLG – .965 OPS

Austin Jackson, OF – Trenton Thunder (Yankees): .283 – 40R – 7HR – 45RBI – 33BB – 10SB  – .449 SLG – .809 OPS

Fernando Martinez, CF (injured) – Binghamton Mets (Mets): .280 – 19R – 3HR – 16RBI – 3SB – .408 SLG – .721 OPS

Jacob McGee, LHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 14GS – 6W – 3L – 3.81 ERA – 34BB – 65K

Cameron Maybin, CF – Carolina Mudcats (Marlins): .257 – 47R – 12HR – 31RBI – 37BB – 13SB – .478 SLG – .833 OPS

Wade Davis, RHP – Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): 14GS – 6W – 4L – 3.47 ERA – 29BB – 58K

Elvis Andrus, SS – Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): .269 – 36R – 1HR – 25RBI – 15BB – 24SB – .324 SLG – .652 OPS

Jeff Samardzija, P – Tennessee Smokies (Cubs): 15GS – 3W – 5L – 5.09 ERA – 39BB – 42K

Luke Montz, C – Harrisburg Senators (Nationals): .298 – 27R – 13HR – 48RBI – 24BB – 0SB – .573 SLG – .950 OPS

Travis Snider, RF – New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays): .281 – 34R – 10HR – 40RBI – 26BB – 0SB – .484 SLG – .855 OPS

Antonio Bastardo, LHP – Reading Phillies (Phillies): 9GS – 2W – 3L – 3.11 ERA – 29BB – 39K

Matt LaPorta, CF – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .295 – 50R – 19HR – 58RBI – 38BB – 1SB – .610 SLG – 1.021 OPS

Mat Gamel, 3B – Huntsville Stars (Brewers): .372 – 61R – 14HR – 62RBI – 32BB – 5SB – .635 SLG – 1.070 OPS


These guys have vast potential but need to work out some kinks in A-ball before they can advance.

Ian Gac, 1B – Clinton LumberKings (Rangers): .306 – 46R – 17HR – 52RBI – 33BB – 1SB – .594 SLG – 1.002 OPS

Lars Anderson, 1B – Lancaster JetHawks (Red Sox): .314 – 38R – 8HR – 36RBI – 34BB – 0SB – .502 SLG – .906 OPS

David Price, LHP – Vero Beach Devil Rays (Rays): 5GS – 3W – 0L – 1.27 ERA – 5BB – 30K

Rick Porcello, RHP – Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit): 13GS – 3W – 6L – 2.94 ERA – 19BB – 41K

Matt Wieters, C – Frederick Keys (Orioles): .348 – 46R – 14HR – 38RBI – 41BB – 1SB – .581 SLG – 1.032 OPS

Mike Moustakas, SS – Burlington Bees (Royals): .228 – 31R – 9HR – 31RBI – 17BB – 4SB – .386 SLG – .671 OPS

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP – Asheville Tourists (Rockies): 14 GS – 10W – 1L – 2.10 ERA – 26BB – 84K


Prospects chosen from Diamond Cutter’s Top 25, Baseball America, and my own irrational sense of whimsy.

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